Studia Linguistica Germanica

Band 75:
Langer, Nils / Davies, Winifred V. (Hrsg.): Linguistic Purism in the Germanic Languages. VIII/374 S. - Berlin / New York: de Gruyter, 2005.
ISBN: 3-11-018337-4

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Purism is an aspect of linguistic study which appeals not only to the scholar but also to the layperson. Somehow, ordinary speakers with many different mother tongues and with no formal training in linguistics share certain beliefs about what language is, how it develops or should develop, whether it has good or bad qualities, etc. The topic of linguistic purism in its many realisations is the subject of this volume of 19 articles selected from the contributions presented at a conference at the University of Bristol in 2003.

In particular, the articles deal with the relationship of purism to historical prescriptivism, e.g. the influence of grammarians in the 17th and 18th centuries, to nationhood, e.g. the instrumentalising of purism in the standardisation of Afrikaans or Luxembourgish, to modern society, e.g. the existence of puristic tendencies in computer chatrooms, to folk linguistics, e.g. lay perceptions of different varieties of English, and to academic linguistics, e.g. the presence of puristic notions in the historiography of German or English.


Longer, Nils / Davies, Winifred V.:
  An Introduction to linguistic purism S. 1
I. Historical Prescriptivism and Purism
Elspaß, Stephan:
  Language norm and language reality
Effectiveness and limits of prescriptivism in New High German
S. 20
Vandenbussche, Wim / Willemyns, Roland / de Groof, Jetje / Vanhecke, Eline:
  Taming thistles and weeds amidst the wheat: language gardening in nineteenth-century Flanders S. 45
Lange, Maria:
  Bad language in Germany's past – The birth of linguistic norms in the seventeenth century? S. 62
Scharloth, Joachim:
  The Revolutionary Argumentative Pattern in Puristic Discourse: The Swabian dialect in the debate about the standardization of German in the eighteenth century S. 86
Geers, Maria:
  A comparative study of linguistic purism in the history of England and Germany S. 97
II. Nationhood and Purism
Rash, Felicity:
  Linguistic purism in German-speaking Switzerland and the Deutschschweizerischer Sprachverein 1904-1942 S. 110
Ziegler, Evelyn:
  Language nationalism in the Schiller commemoration addresses of 1859 S. 124
van den Berg, Ria:
  Standard Afrikaans and the different faces of 'Pure' Afrikaans in the twentieth century S. 144
Homer, Kristine:
  Reimagining the Nation: Discourses of language purism in Luxembourg S. 166
III. Modern Society and Purism
Stein, Dieter:
  On the role of language ideologies in linguistic theory and practice: purism and beyond S. 188
Hohenhaus, Peter:
  Elements of traditional and 'reverse' purism in relation to computer-mediated communication S. 205
Stevenson, Patrick:
  Once an Ossi, always an Ossi: Language ideologies and social division in contemporary Germany S. 221
IV. Folk Linguistics and Purism
Evans, Betsy:
  'The Grand Daddy of English': US, UK, New Zealand and Australian students' attitudes towards varieties of English S. 240
Niedzielski, Nancy:
  Linguistic purism from several perspectives: views from the 'secure' and the 'insecure' S. 252
Mattheier, Klaus J.:
  Dialect and written language: Change in dialect norms in the history of the German language S. 263
Boughton, Zoe:
  Investigating puristic attitudes in France: Folk perceptions of variation in standard French S. 282
V. Linguists and Purism
Leyhausen, Katja:
  "Caution is not always the better part of valour" – Purism in the historiography of the German language S. 302
Milroy, James:
  Some effects of purist ideologies on historical descriptions of English S. 324
Reichmann, Oskar:
  Usefulness and uselessness of the term Fremdwort S. 343
Index S. 361